Tributes flow for teacher

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph | News - David Sal­vaire

Tributes have flowed in for Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School teacher Justin Davies who died last week while prospect­ing in the Mid West.

Friends and stu­dents of Mr Davies took to so­cial me­dia in the days after the 48-year-old’s body was found to ex­press their shock and sad­ness.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan also sent his re­gards to those who knew Mr Davies.

“My con­do­lences to fam­ily and friends of Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School deputy prin­ci­pal, Justin Davies,” he said.

“Thoughts are with you at this very dif­fi­cult time.”

Po­lice say Mr Davies set off prospect­ing on foot early Mon­day, Jan­uary 8, with about two litres of wa­ter and other sup­plies.

The cause of his death is yet to be de­ter­mined but po­lice are not treat­ing it as sus­pi­cious.

Tem­per­a­tures in the re­gion reached 41.4C on Mon­day and 45C on Tues­day when Mr Davies was miss­ing.

Po­lice In­spec­tor Dave Hooper said a big search had been launched to find the fa­ther of two that in­volved more than 40 po­lice and SES vol­un­teers in a spot­ter plane and on the ground.

Insp. Hooper said Mr Davies’ body was even­tu­ally spot­ted from the air at about 10am on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 10, un­der a small tree just a few kilo­me­tres from his camp.

“Of­fi­cers on the ground went to the lo­ca­tion and trag­i­cally lo­cated a de­ceased man,” he said.

“He had been for­mally identi- fied as Mr Davies. This is a tragic event and our con­do­lences are with the Davies fam­ily at this time.”

Mr Davies had been teach­ing at RSHS for more than 15 years and was the as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal.

Pic­ture: WA Po­lice

Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School teacher Justin Davies.

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